White Bean Chili Recipe and Video April 04 2017, 0 Comments
Need an idea for a quick, easy, and hearty meal for your family? Who doesn’t? We’ve got just the dish for you—our award winning (and soon to be famous as Clyde likes to say) White Bean Chili.
This recipe actually started out as a family favorite and we always made it when the whole gang came over to visit. They wanted to eat it because it was so dang delicious, and we wanted to make it because it was so dang easy!
We thought we might not be alone in that thinking, and so we launched our own line of seasoning that turned ordinary meals into an extraordinary dish! Now we have five different Dinner Tonight! Seasonings that are all natural, gluten free, gourmet meal starters that make a yummy family meal in about 30 minutes.
— Sherri and Clyde
WHITE BEAN CHILI RECIPE
• 1 package of Dinner Tonight! White Bean Chili Seasoning Mix
• 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into inch cubes
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• (2) 15 oz cans of great northern white beans, rinsed and drained
• 32 oz chicken broth/stock (or vegetable stock)
• (2) 4 oz cans of chopped green chilies
• 8 oz sour cream
• 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
• Cilantro to taste (optional)
- In a large saucepan sauté the chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink.
- Add beans, broth, chilies, and 1 package of White Bean Chili Seasoning Mix.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes.
- Stir in sour cream and heavy cream. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- If thicker chili is desired, mix a little flour with a small amount of cold water or milk. Add to chili mixture and simmer another 5 minutes.
- Top with cilantro if desired.
Get Your Gardens Ready, It's The Start Of Spring March 22 2017, 0 Comments
Can you believe it? It's the first week of Spring!
Even though our neighbors in the Northeast still have some snow on the ground, it doesn't mean we can't start talking about gardens. In fact, our gardens begin to grow inside anyway so it's the perfect time to start!
Our line of Sunny Side Up Gardens is the perfect activity to do with your children, it will teach them how to grow their own plants and vegetables while also giving them the responsibility to take care of something. Just take a look at our Little Fresh Veggie Garden coming to life in the video below!
As you can see, our little crates come with everything you need—just add some love, care, and water! And we have more than just our veggie garden, we have gardens that grow flowers, pizza ingredients, and even birdhouses! Check out the whole line here!
It really is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. We still remember our first butterfly garden that we started with our granddaughter, we were all so excited to be building something together from scratch and watching it grow! That's why we started Backyard Safari Company, because of our love for food, nature, and the coming together of friends and family.
And while parents, teachers, and adults have a ball with our kids line too, we have a line just for grown-ups as well. Grow your own ingredients to make your own salsa, cocktails, pizza, and more! Perfect as a gift or a fun activity for a night in! Check out our entire line of Grow Gardens here!
If you're a school or an organization that would like to talk to us about a bulk order, just get in touch here and we'll get back to you ASAP!
— Sherri & Clyde
Sunny Side Up Garden Video January 21 2017, 1 Comment
We are so excited to share our fun Sunny Side Up Garden Video :)
Summer Fun ~ Plant a certified butterfly garden... May 23 2015, 1 Comment
Looking for a fun project for the kiddos (and grownups) this summer?
Planting a certified butterfly garden is a great learning experience, loads of fun and you can get a nifty certification sign to put in your garden!
It's super easy...you just need to plant the following and fill out the certification form at the North American Butterfly Association's web site : http://nababutterfly.com/
- At least three different native caterpillar food plants must be grown, preferably more than one plant of each selected species
- At least three different native butterfly nectar sources must be grown, preferably more than one plant of each selected species
There are so many wonderful plant choices! But here are some of my favorites :)
Caterpillar food (host) plants:
Dill & Fennel (Black Swallowtail Butterflies)
Holly hocks (Painted Lady Butterflies)
Milkweeds (Monarch Butterflies)
Passion Vines (Gulf & Variegated Fritillary Butterflies)
Butterfly nectar flowers:
Coneflowers (Echinacea) Probably my all time favorite :)
Lantana (lantana camara)
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Butterfly Bush (buddleia davidii)
Happy Summer everyone!! :)
New Gardens Growing... May 09 2015, 0 Comments
It's transplanting day! I've been growing some of our new gardens and today they are ready to transplant :)
I absolutely can't believe how quickly the Grow Sunflowers and Grow Greens have sprouted...8 days and they are more than ready to live outside! I probably should have transplanted them a day or two ago, but it was a super busy week and today is the first chance that I've had...oh how I love Saturday mornings :)
Here's what my Grow Sunflowers Garden looks like this morning ~
And here is my Grow Greens Garden!
I'm going to transplant the Grow Greens to a slightly shady area on the patio, so they won't wilt as we get into the warm summer weather...but it's full sun for the Sunflowers!!
And our new Grow Garden display came in! Wooohooo!!!
It was a very good week :)
Sunny Side Up Garden & Dinner Tonight Displays... January 19 2015, 2 Comments
Our new garden display! So cute! :)
And our Dinner Tonight Display!
Sweet Rewards... October 06 2014, 0 Comments
We just harvested our first batch of honey! It was really exciting and I still can't believe that our little bees worked so hard all summer to provide us with this delicious liquid gold :)
Because it was so late in the season, we only took a few pounds of honey from the hive to leave the bees plenty to get through the cold winter. Interestingly enough, it's a rich, dark color...different from what I normally see on my grocery store's shelves...I wonder what was blooming in our area to give it that amazing color? I need to do a little research...but anyway, it's totally cool and we're super excited!
White Bean Chili Award Finalist! April 23 2014, 0 Comments
See all the categories and finalists here: http://www.specialtyfood.com/sofi/finalists/
Little Bunny Heirloom Vegetable Seed Garden for Kids in Action! February 22 2014, 0 Comments
Here is our Sunny Side Up Little Bunny Garden time lapse video! Our little heirloom vegetable seedlings sprouted in just a few days :)
Click "HERE" to check out our full Egg Carton Garden line!
Little Bunny Kids Garden Voted Top Toy! February 21 2014, 0 Comments
We're so excited! The Learning Express Toy Stores just named our Little Bunny Kids Garden a Top Toy, nationally :)
"HERE" to check out our full Egg Carton Garden line!
Diversity... February 08 2014, 1 Comment
Our chickens just crack me up.... February 03 2014, 0 Comments
Typically, the girls hate to pose for the camera, but today Potpie and Violet obliged me and paused for a quick glamour shot :)
The Bees... September 02 2013, 0 Comments
This summer we became official bee keepers! After a phone call, at the crack of dawn, from our local post office to come pick up the buzzing box, we introduced them to their new home ~
I thought I'd be nervous, but they're AMAZING creatures and so interesting to watch...
Can't wait for the honey :)
Breakfast delivery & Tandoori... August 26 2013, 0 Comments
By the time I woke up this morning, breakfast was at the front door...I just think this is soooo cool :)
And Tandoori, our rooster....he's not nearly as grumpy as he looks :)
The Zinnias... August 20 2013, 2 Comments
Our first eggs... August 10 2013, 1 Comment
We have our first eggs, compliments of Pot Pie and Dumpling! Although I must admit, it was a little weird making an omelet, after seeing where the eggs actually come from :)
Organic, free range & delicious!
Black Swallowtail Butterflies and Fennel... August 06 2013, 0 Comments
If you want to attract Black Swallowtail Butterflies to your garden, just plant a little fennel (or dill) ~ I scattered a few seeds in my wild butterfly garden along with the Zinnias and Cosmos and now I have tons of little baby caterpillars munching away! When they become butterflies, they will sip the nectar from the flowers and lay their eggs on the fennel to start the life cycle all over again...
The girls.... August 04 2013, 1 Comment
We affectionately refer to our goats, as "the girls" ~ They love hanging out with us and "helping" with whatever is going on ~ Today, while I was gardening, Vivian discovered the sprinkler...I thought that I would die laughing! :)